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Mango Lassi Recipe

Mango LassiLast summer I added *drinks* to a category in the recipe archives for Kalyn’s Kitchen. Even though I mostly drink (far too much) Diet Coke with Lime and (not nearly enough) water, I figured that some day I’d want to post a drink recipe. Big drum roll for this Mango Lassi recipe, which came from The South Beach Diet Taste of Summer Cookbook, and was so delicious and refreshing when I was hot and dirty after working in the garden. Lately there’s been a lot of gardening and not much cooking going on around here, which is another reason I’m posting a drink recipe! There should be a fun garden update coming this weekend.

Lassis are a traditional Punjabi beverage which blend yogurt with water, salt, and spices into a cooling summer drink. Wikipedia says the idea of making sweet lassis with fruit is a relatively recent variation, but the mango flavor was so delightful in this that I truly can’t imagine the drink without it. Mangoes are native to India, and more than 50% of the world’s mangoes are grown there. I shared a lot of information about mangoes when I posted Mango Salsa with Red Pepper and Mango Salsa with Black Beans, so you can read those posts if you’d like to learn more about this delicious fruit. This week’s host for Weekend Herb Blogging is Gay from A Scientist in the Kitchen, and I’m curious if she’s made other types of drinks using mango, since she lives in the Phillipines where I’d imagine there are lots of mangoes.

I cut up one rather large (and juicy!) mango to make this, which gave me 1 1/2 cups of mango cubes.

Using a food processor to puree the mango really made it easy, but you could use a blender too.

Mango Lassi
(Makes about 4 servings, recipe adapted slightly from The South Beach Diet Taste of Summer Cookbook.)

Ingredients:
1 large mango, peeled and cut into cubes (about 1 1/2 cups diced mango)
1 1/2 cups plain non-fat yogurt (I used Fage Total Greek Yogurt)
1/2 cup chilled water (or use skim milk for a creamier drink)
1 T Splenda, Agave Nectar, or sugar (use Splenda or Agave Nectar for South Beach Diet)
pinch of ground cardamom (optional, but it was a nice addition)
ice cubes (optional, I tried it both ways and preferred it without the ice cubes)

Instructions:

Peel mango and cut into cubes. (You might want to read How to Cut a Mango from Simply Recipes if you haven’t done it.) Put mango cubes in food processor and pulse until pureed. Add yogurt, water, sweetener of your choice and cardamom (if using) and pulse until ingredients are well blended. Serve over ice, or chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two.

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South Beach Diet and Low-Glycemic Suggestions:

Made with Splenda or Agave Nectar, and using non-fat yogurt, this would be phase two or three for the South Beach Diet.

Lassi Variations from Other Blogs
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Avocado Lassi from From Our Home to Yours
Rasberry Lassi from Fun and Food
Orange Flower Lassi with Saffron from The Spice Who Loved Me
Nimbu Lassi from Morsels and Musings
Coconut and Lime Lassi from Appetite for China
Watermelon Lassi from Rolling in the Dough
Strawberry Lassi from Baking Bites
Cardamom Lassi from Cook and Eat
Black Grape Lassi from Food-n-More
Banana Lassi from Vanielje Kitchen

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    30 Comments on “Mango Lassi Recipe”

  1. Dari, maybe put a mixture of half water/ half lemon juice and let it run for a few minutes? I run mine through the dishwasher, don't know if you have that?

  2. kalyn, my food processor smells garlic and onion, do u have any ideas on how to remove the smell?

  3. I love this recipe! I make it all of the time now. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  4. A tall glass of mango lassi in a hot summer day is a heavenly drink. Not only it is rich in tasteand flavor but also is very filling. I love thing tropical drink.

  5. Thanks for reminding me about lassis, I haven’t had one in a long time. I made them for my family as a tongue cooler to go with some spicy grilled chicken last night, they loved them. I love cardamom, especially with fruit.

  6. Mango lassis are my favourite! And if we’re lucky enough to get really great mangoes, I find that I don’t even have to add any sugar.

    A little powdered ginger is a nice addition to mango lassis too.

    -Elizabeth

    P.S. Peach lassis are really good too….

  7. I’ve never had a lassi… but I do love fresh mangoes and your description sounds sooooo tempting!

  8. Lassi lassi lassi…anyone may get lucky just by drinking lassi. Now I need to have some luck finding some indian food to pair off with your mango lassi.

    I’ve been lucky with mangoes though. Got a box of Irwin Mangoes recently 🙂

  9. Oh, I love mango lassi! It’s such a shame we hardly ever get decent mangoes here…